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Glossary of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Terms

The glossary includes terms and definitions frequently connected to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.  It is not a comprehensive list but rather a resource to initiate open and honest dialogue.  Because language constantly evolves, we will keep pace by providing periodic updates to the glossary.

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The Difference Between Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity: All the ways in which people differ. Intentional representation of different underrepresented populations with considerations of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability status. 

Equity: Impartial and fair treatment, access to resources and opportunity and advancement for all people while striving to eliminate barriers that prevent full development and advancement of underrepresented populations. 

Inclusion: Deliberate actions that create environments in which any individual or group can be and feel a sense of belonging, respected supported and valued to fully participate. 

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